Parfrey's Glen Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Parfrey's Glen Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Merrimac, Wisconsin that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

washed out

no dogs

Parfreys Glen is Wisconsins first State Natural area and is unquestionably the most visited state natural area outside of Devils Lake State Park. The glen is open to the public from 6am to 8pm. At its uppermost part, the glen reaches a depth of nearly 100 feet and embraces a mountain-type stream In the last 20 years, the glen has been changed drastically by powerful floods. The glen has gone through various closures, repairs and upgrades in recent years. The bridges and trail known to hikers in the 80s and early 90s are now gone. The trail was again damaged by flooding in 2010 and closed until the fall of 2011. The 2011 repairs only went as far as the gorge itself. The expectation of further floods has caused the DNR to curb spending on repairs within the gorge proper. Hikers wishing to continue up to the waterfall must navigate a stream and rough stone. The steps leading up to the old viewing area and the viewing area are also damaged. Steps are missing and a section of the viewing area is now partly collapsed. Use caution if you plan to go beyond the marked trail.

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7 days ago

Nice trail - not a loop. Lots of trees, well marked.

21 days ago

Awesome!!

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2 months ago

Amazing! One of the best hikes I have done. We went after a rain storm and had to do a bit of jumping on rocks to get to the end. If you look up at the end you will see a way to go from the creek to the ridge above it. You can then walk on a trail above the waterfall on your way back for a different angle.

Underrated, definitely worth checking out.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Amazing

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best trails I've been on!

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3 months ago

Do this a few times every year!

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4 months ago

With today's cold snap the glen is full of ice falls! The creek and waterfall itself is still unfrozen and flowing (waterproof boots!), but numerous icicles and ice sheets grew from the rock walls. Really neat.

hiking
5 months ago

It was fun but it was basically all up hill and then after walking 2 miles. We had to turn around at the end and walk back down hill. But I did see a cardinal and four white tailed deer so that was pretty cool.

hiking
8 months ago

Ample parking and a restroom at the trail head. The trail follows the creek for the whole length. The trail goes from paved surface to easy dirt road to moderate rock scrambling and creek fording after the "end maintained trail" sign. Waterproof boots and poles will help. Very interesting narrow deep gorge. Huge rock blocks fell from cliffs. The cliff exposes layers of pink quartzite pebbles in between sandstone. The trail ends at a low waterfall. Great golden fall colors.